Gold was first discovered in Beaconsfield in 1847, but it wasn’t until 30 years later that the rush truly kicked in. The Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre uses hands on displays to take visitors back in time and see what mining life was like.
Centre exhibitions provide detailed accounts of what the day to day search for gold entailed. This is not your typical museum. So much is interactive, requiring touching, not just reading, that even those not typically impressed by museums, will find something to like here.
The Mine Rescue Display tells the story of the 2006 rescue of Todd Russell and Brant Webb, two miners trapped below the surface for two weeks. A simulation of the rock fall allows visitors to better understand the conditions underground where the miners were trapped.
Give yourself at least 90 minutes to see the Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre. Since it is predominately a ruin site, it’s a good idea to dress in layers. The Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre is open daily 9:30am to 4:30pm. It is closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day. It’s located a little less than an hour’s drive from Launceston Airport.